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Clinical Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsIn the Philippines where hypertension and prehypertension are prevalent and medication not affordable, we are looking into prevention of hypertension through education and lifestyle modification as a practical alternatives.
Visiting Instructor, Primary Care and Population Health
BioMs. Garba-Sani is a 2022-23 UK Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Policy and Practice, based at Stanford University and Lighthouse Silicon Valley (a justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion think tank). Her research seeks to explore how a person’s demographic characteristics (especially ethnicity) influences their perception of the use of AI in health and care. In particular, she is interested in understanding and tackling negative perceptions of AI within certain communities to maximise engagement in the development, use and evaluation of AI in health and care from diverse populations. The intention is to mitigate the risk of AI amplifying health inequities through algorithmic biases and systems missing out on the potential of AI to reduce disparities.
Back in the UK, Garba-Sani is a clinical innovation manager at NHS England, where she is responsible for a range of programs that aim to transform health care through supporting the ideation, development, and adoption of innovation. In addition, she cochaired the NHS Muslim Network, acted as Partnerships Lead for TEDxNHS, and volunteered with the Muslim Scouts Fellowship. Garba-Sani is a passionate advocate for equity and justice. During her undergraduate studies she became the first student ambassador for the international charity DKMS (We Delete Blood Cancer) and founded its first student society. In July 2018, she was honored with a UK Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award for her work in increasing the number of people of color registered as potential blood stem cell donors. Garba-Sani is also a patient advocate, trustee of the UK's Sickle Cell Society and chairs NHS England's sickle cell disorder patient advisory group. She works with charities, communities, health care professionals, industry, and policymakers to improve care for sickle cell disorder. Additionally, Garba-Sani is an alumna of the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme and holds an M.Sc. in health policy from Imperial College London. Upon completing her B. Sc. in clinical sciences at the University of Bradford, Garba-Sani was introduced into the policy world through her elected role as Academic Affairs Officer in which she was responsible for representing and upholding students’ interests at a senior management level.
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health) and, by courtesy, of Epidemiology and Population Health
BioPascal Geldsetzer is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health and, by courtesy, in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health. He is also affiliated with the Department of Biomedical Data Science, Department of Health Policy, King Center for Global Development, and the Stanford Centers for Population Health Sciences, Innovation in Global Health, and Artificial Intelligence in Medicine & Imaging.
Linda N. Geng, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy scholarly interests are focused on defining, studying, and improving patients' diagnostic journeys. What prolongs the journey to the correct diagnosis and how can we shorten it? With this question in mind, we are exploring crowdsourcing, informatics/AI, health data visualization, and advanced laboratory testing as ways to help tackle the toughest cases in medicine-- complex, rare, and mystery conditions.
With the COVID pandemic, the puzzling and complex illness of post-acute COVID-19 syndrome (PACS) or long COVID came to light. Together with a multidisciplinary group of physicians and researchers, we launched a program here at Stanford to advance the care and understanding of PACS. Our goal is to better understand the natural history, clinical symptomatology, immunological response, risk factors, and subgroup stratification for PACS. We are also actively assessing management strategies that may be effective for heterogeneous PACS symptoms.
Instructor (Affiliated), Primary Care and Population Health
Staff, Primary Care and Population Health
BioResearch Focus: In contrast to bounded teams with static membership, dynamic teaming reflects the common challenge of interdisciplinary healthcare teams with changing rosters. Such dynamic collaboration is critical to addressing multi-faceted problems and individualizing care. At present, off the shelf interventions to improve the way healthcare teams work - often assume static and bounded teams. I intend to leverage design approaches to build a new kind of healthcare “teaming intervention,” which respects the nature of their constantly changing membership and more closely aligns with how healthcare teams actually collaborate.
Expertise: My expertise includes organizational behavior, building interdisciplinary teams, implementation science, mixed methods-research, quality improvement, pain and palliative care research, and global health.
Positions: I am an Instructor in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford University School of Medicine and a Core Investigator at the Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i) in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System where I am PI or co-investigator on multiple ongoing studies representing over 25 million dollars of competitive government grant funding. I am also a Director of the VA Quality Improvement Resource Center (QuIRC) for Palliative Care, supporting Geriatrics and Extended Care programs for 170 Veterans Affairs facilities nationally. In QuIRC I lead a portfolio of projects on improving the processes that interdisciplinary teams can leverage to improve pain and symptom management among high-risk patients; specifically I’m aiming to bridge the gap of poor palliative care integration in the perioperative period.
Accomplishments: I have over 50 peer reviewed publications in high quality medical and health services delivery journals such as Medical Care, JAMA Surgery, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management and Pain Medicine. I recently received a 5-year VA Career Development Award on building better teams across disciplines and am an American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Research Scholar for related work.
PhD, University of California Los Angeles, Health Policy and Management (2015)
MPH, University of California Los Angeles, Community Health Sciences (2010)
MA, University of California Los Angeles, African Studies (2010)
BA, Boston University, Anthropology and Religion (2006)
Christophe Gimmler, MD, MFT
Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated), Primary Care and Population Health
BioChristophe Gimmler, MD, MFT, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Affiliated) at Stanford School of Medicine;
Staff Physician, Medical Service, VA Palo Alto Health Care System;
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
After establishing and building the hospitalist and consult/liaison medicine service at the VA, Christophe now practices and teaches medical students and house staff in the primary care clinics there. He concurrently practices as a community psychotherapist and specializes in medical professionals. His central interest is the intersection of medicine and psychotherapy and, in particular, the application of psychological frameworks and skills to the practice of medicine, in addition to resiliency and burnout prevention. He developed the Medical Student Resiliency Skills Training program (MedReST) for the Stanford School of Medicine as well as the Resiliency Curriculum Series for the internal medicine residency program. He received as undergraduate degree in biology and psychology and an MD from the University of Virginia, completed his internal medicine residency at Stanford, and received a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Sofia University.
Foster Well-being Throughout the Career Trajectory: A Developmental Model of Physician Resilience Training:
Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Cordova MJ, Gimmler CE, Osterberg LG
2020; 95 (12):
Developing institutional infrastructure for physician wellness: qualitative Insights from VA physicians.
BMC Health Services Research
Schwartz, R., Shanafelt, T. D., Gimmler, C., Osterberg, L.
2020; 20 (1): 7